Green Your Medical Practice
According to medical researchers, the U.S. healthcare system contributes 10% of the nation’s carbon emissions and 9% of harmful non-greenhouse air pollutants.
As a result, private practitioners and hospital administrators alike are taking steps to green their office operations. The greatest impact medical spaces can have on reducing carbon emissions relate to:
- Energy Conservation
- Medical Waste Reduction
- Transitioning to Locally-Sourced, Plant-Based Diets
The following resources provide public health professionals with practical tools to develop strategies to increase sustainability and decrease their harmful impacts on people and the planet.
- My Green Doctor provides practice management tools, tips for managing green teams, and green certifications for offices that excel in their sustainability efforts
- Harvard University’s Green Office Program provides a comprehensive set of one-page green office operations guides, by subject
- U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Office Guidelines and Workbook provides a thorough, step-by-step guide to greening your office
- Health Care Climate Council’s Climate Action Playbook provides administrators with a comprehensive guide for greening hospitals, and specific examples of how large medical facilities have achieved their own sustainability goals
- Health Care Without Harm’s Health Care Climate Challenge provides administrators of hospitals, health centers, and other health systems with a leadership pledge that recognizing industry leaders greening their institutions
- Practice Greenhealth provides tools, data, resources, and expert technical support on sustainability in hospitals and other health facilities
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